… as my big brother so affectionately calls me. The past 9 months have been the epitome of crazed reading for me. I have read 3 of the 9 books from the series The Chronicles of Narnia [having previously finished the first 7], 8 books for my Book Club, the trilogy The Uglies… and lately I’ve had a fixation with The Classics: The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Frankenstein.
But thanks to my Dad, I was introduced to one of the best books I’ve read in a LONG time: Dan Brown’s new novel THE LOST SYMBOL.
Aside from being a fascinating, suspense thriller, the story was riddled with theological and alchemical quotes and theories. The books main character, Robert Langdon, happens to be an agnostic/quasi-atheist. One line he delivers that I feel captivates his attitude is: “The Bible is all about the God above you and man as a powerless sinner.” While this may have been his opinion in the beginning of the novel, he passes through a spiritual journey that in the end converts him to at least a seedling of faith in a ‘higher power’ and our eternal and divine relation to ‘it’, whichever form ‘it’ may take.
Aside from Langdon and his realist views that set the tone of the book, the message of divinity and eternal progression was the main theme of the story. How refreshing to find a non-LDS main-stream novel laced with the eternal truths of the Restoration! It spoke of us as children of God and as potential Gods ourselves, yet still in our embryonic form. Two of my favorite quotes that I found in this story are: “Abandon the search for God… instead, take yourself as the starting place” and “a wise man once told me the only difference between you and God is that you have forgotten you are divine.”
Although not perfect, the story rang with truth and made me think ‘if there is anything… of good report, we seek after these things.’
I’m just finishing the original Phantom of the Opera, which, I might add, is COMPLETELY different from the story line of the Broadway Musical…
Coming up next on my Reading To-Do List: The Count of Monte Cristo, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Artemis Fowl, Jane Eyre, My Sisters Keeper and Eragon. Can’t Wait!
Anyone else read anything good lately?